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Cole inducted to Pi Kappa Delta Hall of Fame

BOONE—Dr. Terry Cole, a professor of communication at Appalachian State University, was inducted to the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) National Honor Society Hall of Fame Class of 2009 PKD’s National Tournament and Convention in Shreveport, La.

One of two honorees selected this year, Cole was honored for his contributions to the organization. The Hall of Fame honors PKD members for lifetime contributions to national, province, chapter or organizational forensics.

“Pi Kappa Delta is deeply grateful for Terry Cole’s lifetime of teaching, coaching, mentoring and serving his university, community and students,” said Michael Bartanen of Pacific Lutheran University and coordinator of PKD’s Hall of Fame. “It was a proud day for the honor society to induct him into the Hall of Fame.”

Cole became a member of PKD in 1965 at California State University Fresno (then Fresno State College) as a debate and individual events competitor.  From 1973 to 1987, he was the director of forensics at Appalachian, the Epsilon Chapter of the Province of the Southeast for PKD, and served as governor of the Province of the Southeast from 1976-78.

Cole was elected to the PKD National Council in 1981, serving as national president-elect from 1987-89 and national president from 1989-91. He remained on the council as immediate past president from 1991-93. In 1996, Cole received the John Shields Award for Outstanding Contributions to PKD.

Pi Kappa Delta consists of educators, students and alumni committed to encouraging the education of articulate citizens through a three-part focus: the commitment to and promotion of ethical, humane and inclusive communication and educational practices; the commitment to and promotion of professional development of forensics educators; and the commitment to and promotion of comprehensive forensics programming.